Friday, May 9, 2008
Style File: Family Fun
Parents and kids usually have differing opinions on what fun is, but, this summer, everyone can get what they want. In tonight's Style File, Seven's Belkys Nerey shows us two places where families can have a blast together.
WSVN -- If your child has the attention span of, well, a kid, we've got just the place for them!
Susana Casal: "Here you can spend hours and hours at a time, and they get to do different things."
At the new "Cool-de-Sac Play Cafe" at Sunset Place, kids can jump from activity to activity and never get bored.
Karla: "This is fun to like come here everyday. I come here a lot."
There's an indoor playground to keep the hyper ones happy, a salon where little ones can get their nails painted or play dress up.
And for the brainiacs, there are 12 I-Mac computers loaded with educational games, a station for arts and crafts and a Lego park.
Susana Casal: "My sons will spend literally four hours in the Lego park alone, so they're doing something with their minds and hands."
The dining room is in the center of it all, giving parents a perfect view of the play areas.
Eddie Martinez: "Great visibility, you can see everything that is going on."
And, unlike most kid joints, mom and dad can have a glass of wine and a gourmet meal like Churrasco steak or Mahi-Mahi.
Jose Luis Bueno: "We hired a nutritionist to work on our children's menu, so we included healthy options. Pizza is made of orange puree sauce, whole wheat crust."
Carla: "I like to come here with friends and eat and hang out here."
For your aspiring Rachel Rays or Emeril Lagasse's, enroll your child in the "Big Chef, Little Chef" cooking classes at Tuscan Steak on South Beach.
Benjamin Rottkamp: "The whole idea is to bring the kids in to teach them how to cook, to have an educational but yet fun program."
Kids learn how to whisk up a salad dressing.
Benjamin Rottkamp: "Leo, grab that and pour in there. There you go."
And make easy entrees like calzones or lasagna.
The biggest challenge is keeping them from eating the food before it's cooked.
Francesca: "Two best parts of the class are eating and making a mess."
And while the kids are making a mess, mom and dad can sit down to a relaxing meal in the restaurant.
Jane Moriarty: "We can sit in the restaurant. We know our kids are being well cared for."
At the end of the evening, the little ones get to eat their cooking creation, and they receive a diploma for all their hard work. Definitely the cutest chefs in Miami!
Jane: "I'm hoping he's going to cook for me now."
The cooking class takes place on select Sundays through the summer and is $35 per child. Cool-de-Sac is free for adults and only $4 to $14 for kids.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
433 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Shops at Sunset Place
5701 Sunset Drive, #355
Miami, FL 33143